Transforming Africa: How Savings Groups Foster Financial Inclusion, Resilience and Economic Development (Hardcover)
Formal financial systems are emerging rapidly in Africa, driven by rising financial literacy and technological innovation, and accelerated by informal savings groups that foster inclusive growth across the continent. While prevalent among the poor, the savings groups phenomenon extends to Africa's growing, yet still fragile, middle class, underpinning economic resilience and providing a tool for community participation as well as cooperative entrepreneurial development. These groups are also becoming important agents for social and economic empowerment, independent of age and gender.
Transforming Africa: How Savings Groups Foster Financial Inclusion, Resilience and Economic Development gives voice to the local and international agents of grassroots economic empowerment initiatives that thrive in Africa. Presenting a unique through in-depth empirical research into savings group activities in over a dozen African countries, this book explores savings groups through the lens of financial inclusion, reflecting on formal finance, economic and social outcomes.
SG4Africa was launched in April 2018 to explore these dimensions of savings groups and provide novel, empirically-grounded research across different geographies in Africa. Led jointly by the Policy Experimentation; Evaluation Platform and the University of Johannesburg, the SG4Africa consortium includes members from more than a dozen African countries.
About the Author
Dana T. Redford, Ph.D., is co-founder and international co-coordinator of the SG4Africa project. He is the Founder and President of the NGO PEEP - Policy Experimentation & Evaluation Platform and Senior Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Grietjie Verhoef, Ph.D., is co-founder and international co-coordinator of the SG4Africa project and a Professor at the University of Johannesburg and Adjunct Professor, Monash University, Australia.